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Uploaded on Mar 6, 2008
BISSAU, Guinea-Bissau, 5 March 2008 -- Awa Gras knows firsthand how deadly malaria can be for children growing up in Guinea-Bissau. She has given birth to eight children, and malaria has killed four of them. The last to die was her four-year-old son, who returned from a soccer match feeling ill.
Every 30 seconds, a child dies of malaria somewhere in the world. Including adults, about 1 million people die of malaria each year, most of them in Africa. In 2006, as part of its push to reduce infant mortality around the world, UNICEF procured over 24 million insecticide-treated bed nets to prevent malaria.
In order to prevent another death among her surviving children, Ms. Gras took her two-year-old daughter, Mariama, to a bed net distribution point during a UNICEF-supported national campaign to reverse malaria in Guinea-Bissau. As part of the campaign, children under the age of five were receving the long-lasting bed nets for free.